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Post edited by user avatar ArtOfCode · 2020-04-27T20:36:50Z (2 months ago)
> a simple SO meta post explaining the work we have done ... What is the problem with that?

The problem with it is that Stack Overflow won't allow it. From their perspective, what we're doing here is potential competition, and allowing the competition to advertise on your site is generally not the done thing, because it's bad for business.

Marketing _is_ something we need to look at, yes. We have a platform that's capable of hosting sites, even if it's not quite where we want it to be yet. We're looking at getting a couple more communities started in the near future, once we have a couple of critical features developed for them, and with any luck more communities should also mean more spreading the word.

There's also some work on SEO to be done, which is currently taking a back seat to actual feature development. Once we get some time for that, again, that should start to help publicise what we're doing.

Ultimately, though, any serious marketing _does_ need to wait a bit - sure, we can publicise before launch, but we do need to have something that's reasonably close to our intended platform before we do so, which we currently don't have.
> a simple SO meta post explaining the work we have done ... What is the problem with that?

The problem with it is that Stack Overflow won't allow it. From their perspective, what we're doing here is potential competition, and allowing the competition to advertise on your site is generally not the done thing, because it's bad for business.

Marketing _is_ something we need to look at, yes. We have a platform that's capable of hosting sites, even if it's not quite where we want it to be yet. We're looking at getting a couple more communities started in the near future, once we have a couple of critical features developed for them, and with any luck more communities should also mean more spreading the word.

There's also some work on SEO to be done, which is currently taking a back seat to actual feature development. Once we get some time for that, again, that should start to help publicise what we're doing.

Ultimately, though, any serious marketing _does_ need to wait a bit - sure, we can publicise before launch, but we do need to have something that's reasonably close to our intended platform before we do so, which we currently don't have.

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**Edit** in response to an edit on the question.

We're building a network with a goal, in part, to do better by our communities than SO has done. Part of that is maintaining our own professionalism. Launching jibes at SO simply because we think it's "bad" or we're "better" somehow simply isn't professional, and it's not something we're going to do as an organisation.

We do already have a community advert running on Stack Overflow. That's a recognised platform that they provide for advertising open-source projects, so advertising there is entirely above-board. Writing a meta post that effectively says "SO is bad: join us, we're better" doesn't paint _SO_ in a bad light, it paints _us_ as bad losers.

As for what we have to lose -- I'm still a moderator over on Stack Exchange, and I'm now also a member of the advisory moderator council. I have a presence there that I'm unwilling to give up, because I recognise that it's possible to be a part of both communities while still believing in our goals here.

In short, the small gains we might stand to make by a meta post would be entirely erased by the bad rep it would get us. This is not something we're going to do.
Initial revision by user avatar ArtOfCode · 2020-04-27T14:20:43Z (2 months ago)
> a simple SO meta post explaining the work we have done ... What is the problem with that?

The problem with it is that Stack Overflow won't allow it. From their perspective, what we're doing here is potential competition, and allowing the competition to advertise on your site is generally not the done thing, because it's bad for business.

Marketing _is_ something we need to look at, yes. We have a platform that's capable of hosting sites, even if it's not quite where we want it to be yet. We're looking at getting a couple more communities started in the near future, once we have a couple of critical features developed for them, and with any luck more communities should also mean more spreading the word.

There's also some work on SEO to be done, which is currently taking a back seat to actual feature development. Once we get some time for that, again, that should start to help publicise what we're doing.

Ultimately, though, any serious marketing _does_ need to wait a bit - sure, we can publicise before launch, but we do need to have something that's reasonably close to our intended platform before we do so, which we currently don't have.